25th convocation of nimhans

The 25th Convocation of the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) will be held on 10th October 2021 at the Convention Centre, NIMHANS, Bengaluru. Celebrating 25 years of advancing healthcare through high-quality education and cutting-edge research as an autonomous institution is a proud moment for NIMHANS.

Shri Basavaraj Bommai, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, will be the Chief Guest and deliver the Convocation Address. Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Government of India & President, NIMHANS will preside over the ceremony in the gracious presence of Dr. K. Sudhakar, Hon’ble Minister for Health and Family Welfare & Medical Education, Government of Karnataka & Vice-President, NIMHANS; Shri P. C. Mohan, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Bengaluru Central, Karnataka; and Shri Tejasvi Surya, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Bengaluru South, Karnataka.

As many as 227 postgraduates will receive various degrees and certificates, and 13 will be honored with meritorious awards at the convocation ceremony. NIMHANS today has emerged as a leader in training students and professionals to meet the challenges and opportunities in a wide range of mental health and neurosciences disciplines. About 300 students enroll each year for advanced studies at the postgraduate and doctorate levels. NIMHANS has empowered thousands of healthcare professionals, scientists, and scholars to transform their lives through learning – helping to make the impossible, possible every single day.

Spread across a 130-acre campus in the heart of Bengaluru, NIMHANS offers students an unparalleled educational experience with access to a teaching hospital, specialty clinics, research centers, and laboratories, as well as training from outstanding clinical educators. Students are exposed to advanced clinical training opportunities through direct contact with a highly diverse patient population. The Institute has also established longstanding collaborations with various vital global organizations to expand research and create new avenues for learning. India’s most respected university ranking agencies have consistently rated NIMHANS among the country’s best. Year after year, these results reflect the Institute’s commitment to excellence in education and research.

To commemorate the silver jubilee event, various new facilities will be inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. The world’s most advanced and accurate cranial radiosurgery system, the Gamma Knife Icon, will be dedicated to the nation by the Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare. The introduction of the Leksell Gamma Knife (LGK) Icon at NIMHANS, the first in the country, ushers in a new era in radiosurgery. Building on the precision of the previous generation of Gamma Knife and adding new technology, LGK Icon gives clinicians the option to perform single or fractionated frame-based or frameless treatments, allowing for more individualized delivery.

Also included is the Leksell Gamma Knife Lightning, the next-generation treatment optimizer, which allows users to quickly and automatically create plans for one or more targets. Optimization based on dose constraints for multiple targets and organs at risk (OAR) – together with the possibility to control beam-on-time, enables the reduction in treatment times – while potentially increasing the overall quality of the treatment. With LGK Icon, NIMHANS will now be able to efficiently cater to the increasing demand for cranial radiosurgery. With stereotactic imaging, online adaptive dose control, ultra-precise dose delivery, and the availability of frameless treatments, the clinicians will be able to treat virtually any target, including previously inoperable lesions in the brain, with high accuracy and excellent outcomes.

The Department of Integrative Medicine, which combines the traditional Indian healthcare approach with an evidence-based modern biomedicine system, will be inaugurated. NIMHANS Integrated Centre for Yoga and other allied services, functional since 2007, has been merged into the Department of Integrative Medicine. The department envisages an “inclusive health model”, the first of its kind in the country, where clinicians from different medical streams converge to devise bespoke therapeutic protocols for patients. The department has a 30-bedded state-of-the-art inpatient facility with separate wards for adult and pediatric patients. Various wellness and therapeutic regimes including Panchakarma are offered, under the supervision of experts. Yoga and meditation programs are also provided, adding to the holistic experience.

Clinically focused and patient-centered postgraduate programs have been initiated to equip the students with essential knowledge and skills to practice integrative medicine competently and professionally. Nurses’ Hostel (for interns and trainees) will also be inaugurated on the occasion. The seven-floor hostel has 150 rooms and is located in close proximity to the hospital complex. The building has been designed with robust fire safety arrangements and all the necessary facilities as per the prevailing guidelines for the nurses to stay comfortably. NIMHANS achieved another remarkable milestone recently, as it received accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH). A three-year rigorous preparation in adopting best scientific practices, administrative amendments, and systematic implementation, culminated with NIMHANS being awarded the NABH mark of
excellence, certifying that the Institute meets the strict standards of quality and safety set by the board. The certificate of accreditation will be unveiled by the Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare.

For details, contact:

Dr. N. Girish, Professor of Epidemiology (Mob: 9341226277)
Dr. K. S. Meena, Additional Professor of Mental Health Education (Mob: 8762689735)
Dr. Latha K., Assistant Professor of Mental Health Education (Mob: 9611732837)

All the faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the Convocation. The online link for Convocation is https://youtu.be/jz0wXue9zBw and the channel name is BME, NIMHANS